Day's End Round-Up

DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:

Scalia Unplugged 

In a wide-ranging interview with New York magazine, Justice Antonin Scalia discusses everything from homosexuality and the Devil to “Seinfeld” and “Duck Dynasty.”

Portion of Colorado wants to secede

Residents of a small area in northern Colorado want to secede from the state because of more liberal laws that have been implemented recently such as stricter gun control measures. The New York Times reports

Son of al Qaeda suspect’s son describes attack

The Guardian reports the al Qaeda suspect U.S. forces captured in Libya over the weekend was taken by masked men who converged on his house in Tripoli, according to the suspect’s son. 

ATF rejects agent’s 'Fast and Furious' book

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is preventing a federal agent from publishing a book on the failed gun investigation, The Washington Post reports


OTHER NEWS:

Kerry warns climate change is ‘inviting catastrophe’

The Hill’s Laura Barron-Lopez reports Secretary of State John Kerry warned at an APEC conference the lack of a global commitment to address climate change is "inviting catastrophe."

GOP disapproval rating hits 70 percent

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll says the public’s disapproval of Republicans has spiked from 63 percent at the end of September to 70 percent. The Hill’s Jon Easley reports

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Aid to Israel could be delayed
Reuters reports the U.S. government shutdown could prevent military assistance to Israel and other American allies. 

NSA tracked cellphone locations
In 2010 and 2011, The New York Times reports, the National Security Agency conducted a secret pilot program that tested the data about the locations of Americans’ cellphones. 

FBI shuts down ‘Silk Road’
A website that served as an Internet marketplace for illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine was shut down by law enforcement officials Wednesday,The Associated Press writes

Poynter: What NOT to call the shutdown
Journalism education center the Poynter Institute says not to call the government shutdown the result of an “impasse, stalemate or a standoff.”


OTHER NEWS:

Cruz: Shutdown could lead to attacks
At a Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned that the government shutdown could lead to terrorist attacks against the U.S. The Hill’s Brendan Sasso has the story

Another Hillary Clinton film
The Hill’s Alex Jaffe writes conservative group Citizens United will go ahead with producing a film about Hillary Clinton’s role as secretary of State, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

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FROM THE BLOGS: 

Warren says no to 2016
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) last week told David Axelrod to “relax,” because she is not running for president in 2016,Bloomberg reports.

Supreme Court returns
Scotusblog reports that the Supreme Court returned from its summer recess and took up eight cases, one involving a copyright dispute over the 1980 movie “Raging Bull.”

Perry’s wife misspoke
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said his wife misspoke when she told a reporter that abortion is a woman’s right, Bloomberg writes.

Lawmakers shut down fundraising
The Sunlight Foundation has been tracking which members of Congress have canceled fundraisers amid the government shutdown.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES

Intelligence furloughs employees
Brendan Sasso at The Hill reports that intelligence agencies furloughed 70 percent of their civilian employees due to the government shutdown.

New House budget plan
House Republicans are offering a new proposal to fund small portions of the government amid the shutdown, including national parks, parts of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington, D.C., according to Russell Berman at The Hill. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Obama’s weakness matters
Ed Rogers at The Washington Post says President Obama has thrown in the towel on his second term.

The fight of Obama’s life
Jonathan Chait at New York magazine previews the debt-ceiling fight and its importance to Obama’s presidency.

ObamaCare is toast
Jay Cost at The Weekly Standard says Republicans still have plenty of options when it comes to dismantling the president’s healthcare law.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Obama blasts GOP threats to ‘burn the house down’
The Hill’s Justin Sink reports on the president’s response to the budget battles taking place on Capitol Hill.

Obama speaks by phone
Rebecca Shabad at The Hill reports on the first diplomatic engagement between the two countries since 1980. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Ted Cruz’s illusions and deceptions
Peter Wehner at Commentary says Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) antics are a new low for conservatism.

Let ObamaCare crumble
George Will writes at The Washington Post that Republicans are fighting a needless fight, and should instead just stand by and allow ObamaCare to fail on its own.

Barack Obama, insurance salesman
Chris Stirewalt at Fox News digs at the president over the White House’s perpetual publicity blitz.

Obama’s support sags
Jonathan Martin at The New York Times writes on the president’s sinking approval rating.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

GOP feud spills onto Senate floor
Alexander Bolton at The Hill reports on the Corker versus Cruz fireworks on the floor of the Senate.

House GOP can’t move debt-ceiling plan
Russell Berman, Bernie Becker and Erik Wasson at The Hill report on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) latest troubles.

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FROM THE BLOGS: 

Cruz foreshadowed his Senate role

Elizabeth Williamson of the Wall Street Journal digs up an interview from Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) 2012 campaign, showing  his early rhetoric matches today’s.

Bill Clinton likes Chelsea for president

Over the long term, Chelsea Clinton would make a better president than Hillary, Bill Clinton told CNN on Wednesday.

Twitter introduces emergency alerts

Twitter introduced a program to send disaster and emergency alerts issued from government agencies to those who sign up, Reuters reports

NSA spied on Senators in the 60s

Foreign Policy reports that declassified National Security Agency documents show it spied on Sens. Frank Church (D-Idaho) and Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) during the late 1960s and early 1970s.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES: 

Mayor calls for DC exemption 

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray informed the White House he will attempt to classify all District employees as exempt from furloughs if the government shuts down, Erik Wasson reports for The Hill.

Navy Yard video released

The FBI released surveillance video showing Aaron Alexis’s attack on Navy Yard that killed 12 people, Rebecca Shabad reports for The Hill.

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Israel created LinkedIn for Iranian president

The Daily Beasts Eli Lake reports the Israeli embassy in Washington tweeted a link Monday to a parody LinkedIn account it made for Hassan Rouhani. 

Al Shabaab in Nairobi Attack

The group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack at an upscale Nairobi mall Saturday may either be in its rebirth phase, or demise, reports Clinton Watts at Foreign Policy

DC may remain open under a government shutdown

District leaders debated Tuesday whether to keep the city open if the federal government shuts down Oct. 1. The Washington Post has the story. 

EU threatens to freeze data-sharing deal

The Guardian reports the European Union is threatening to suspend a deal it has with the United States to track terrorists’ funding. 

Israel still skeptical of Iran’s promises

After President Obama’s speech at the UN General Assembly Tuesday, The New York Times said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his doubts over Iran’s willingness to discuss its nuclear program. 

OTHER NEWS: 

Cruz: People in wheelchairs ask me to stop Obamacare

The Republican senator from Texas, who is delivering as long a speech as he can on the budget debate, made the comment on the Senate floor. The Hill’s Ramsey Cox reports

Bono imitates Bill Clinton

Singer and humanitarian Bono demonstrated his impression at the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday before speaking on a panel with the former president. It was spot on, The Hill’s Judy Kurtz reports

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Many Links in SCOTUS opinions don’t work

Adam Liptak at The New York Times reports 49 percent of the hyperlinks in Supreme Court decisions no longer work, according to a new study conducted at Harvard Law School. 

IRS official Lois Lerner retires

The IRS official who was at the center of the scandal where it singled-out Tea Party groups has retired. Bloomberg News reports

Downward spiral between Bill Clinton and his former body man

The New Republic’s Alec Macgillis writes a length profile of Doug Band, who started out as Clinton’s body man at the White House and became a close adviser. The two later parted ways as Band took advantage. 

Number of illegal immigrants drops during recession

The number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States dropped sharply during the recession that began in 2008, according to a new Pew report. The Washington Post reports the number has leveled off, and may be increasing again. 

OTHER NEWS:

Is Iran trying to buy time?

The Hill’s Julian Pecquet reports Iran’s latest efforts to rekindle its relationship with the U.S. may be its way of buying more time to develop its nuclear program. 

Al Gore: Consequences of denying climate change? 

The former vice president said at the Social Good Summit Monday there needs to be a political price for people who deny the existence of climate change. Ben Geman at The Hill has the story

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FROM THE BLOGS

NC GOP Senate lineup might expand

North Carolina state Sen. Phil Berger (R) will announce Monday whether he will enter the North Carolina Senate race against Kay Hagan (D), Reid Wilson writes in The Washington Post.  

HBO's take on Benghazi

HBO is set to make a movie about the inside story of the attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Ryan to New Hampshire

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the former vice presidential GOP nominee, is heading to New Hampshire, laying the groundwork for 2016, Real Clear Politics reports

McCain's Dodgers feud 

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) rips the Los Angeles Dodgers after they celebrated a division title in the Arizona Diamondbacks' pool at Chase Field, Catalina Camia writes for USA Today

OTHER NEWS: 

Apologies extended to Cruz staffer

A California Democratic official apologized for saying he hoped the children of a staffer for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases,” writes Blake Neff for The Hill.

Immigration group reduced to five

A bipartisan House group working on immigration reform lost two more members Friday, reports The Hill’s Russell Berman.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

McCain slams Putin
The Arizona senator wrote an op-ed to the Russian people in Pravda rebutting Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times last week. McCain says Putin is destroying Russia’s reputation in the world.

Sudanese president wants to attend UN General Assembly
Omar Hassan al-Bashir has applied for a U.S. visa to attend the General Assembly, according to The New York Times. The International Criminal Court, which has accused him of committing genocide and other crimines in Darfur, has a standing warrant for his arrest. 

DOJ never investigated Judges’ complaints about NSA program
USA Today reports the Justice Department “never investigated repeated complaints by federal judges that the government misled them” about the National Security Agency's secret surveillance program. 

Netanyahu’s response to Rouhani interview
The Israeli prime minister, Ha’aretz reports, said the Iranian president put media spin on Iran’s nuclear goals “in order to allow centrifuges to keep on spinning.”


OTHER NEWS SOURCES: 

Senate proposes strategy to avert government shutdown
The Hill’s Alex Bolton reports the Senate found a way to fund the government without forcing Republicans to vote against language that would defund Obamacare. 

Rockefeller presses Zuckerberg on privacy
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), The Hill’s Brendan Sasso reports, is asking the Facebook CEO to do a better job protecting the privacy of Facebook users. 

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